Video Game Violence : Video Games Essay
30 September 2016
Video Game Violence
Technology has been growing like never before and its only getting better, providing the world with many resources some thought we would never have. The world is at an all time high to where everything surrounds technology. Society has been lucky enough to be gifted many things that incorporate technology which offer things like video games. “The total US sales of video game hardware and software increased 204% from 1994 to 2014, reaching $13.1 billion in 2014, while violent crimes decreased 37% in the same period” (Procon.org). People have very different views on video games, some believe it increases violence while others believe that it can increase knowledge and be a stress reliever.
Violence by definition, is the act of unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation. Immediately the vast majority of our society today is so quick to compare the two together, video games and violence. For example, there has been a drastic increase in school mass shootings and video games are being the root of cause. However, an Apr. 2015 peer-reviewed study published in Psychiatric Quarterly found that “playing violent video games had no impact on hostility levels in teenagers. Over 150 million Americans and 71% of teens play video games. There have been 71 mass shootings between 1982 and Aug. 2015, seven of which 9.8% involved shooters age 18 or younger. Out of 100% only 9.8% were under 18 and…